TOM BROWELL, THE CENTRE OF EVERTON, JOINS MANCHESTER CITY.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 01 November 1913
The Liverpool public were astounded to learn yesterday that Tom Brow ell, the Everton centre, has been transferred to Manchester j City for a sum exceeding £1000. Browell joined Everton on January 19, 1911, and proved as successful as when he played with Hull City. Browell, who celebrated his 21et birthday a week ago, learnt his football at Walbottle, near Newcastle. .
Monday 3 November 1913 Yorkshire Post
Bradford City Reserves won comfortably the expense of Everton Reserves at Valley Parade. Bradford, had several their former first team stars in their front line, but in that department the visitors never got into effective co-operation, and they showed badly when near the Paraders' goal, shoot ing very weakly. The home side, whilst not good standard, had the better the exchanges. and Grimshaw, at outside right, was especially effective, his runs down the right wing being brilliant, and too much for opposing half back and back. In the first few minutes the game Grimshaw ran through the defence. And scored two goals. Everton retaliated by getting a goal through Beare, but there was more- than a suspicion of off side about the point. After the interval Chester put City further ahead from a penalty, and O'Rourke added a fourth, but before the end came a penalty awarded to Everton resulted in Page reducing side's deficit. Hargreaves was a clever centre for City, and Potts a capital back. Result Bradford City Reserves 4 goals, Everton Reserves 2.
EVERTON’S NARROW ESCAPE
Athletic News - Monday 03 November 1913
Everton 1, Bradford City 1
Whenever Bradford City appear at Goodison Park a closely contested game can always be depended upon. Never since they came into the premier division of the League have the Yorkshire team failed to render excellent account of themselves at the Everton headquarters, and in their recent visit less than five minutes intervened between them and victory. It would have been a distinct stroke of good fortune for the visitors had they won, for on the general run of the play they did not deserve to secure the maximum points. Their goal was the outcome of a chance centre which was touched by Hodge, and diverted into the net, whereas many excellent endeavours by the Everton forwards in the second half were foiled only by the skill of Ewart in goal.
A draw was a fitting ending to a game which, though lacking in interest in the first half, was productive of increased excitement after the change of ends, but the respective defences certainly bore off the honours of the contest. At no period of the play did the attacking lines gam the ascendency: some well-meant movements were stared, but they were just as readily checked by the alacrity of the men in the rear ranks.
A FORWARD COMPARISON.
There was little to choose between the two forward lines, and it was somewhat of a coincidence that the goals which were gained should in each case come from the outside left. Everton’s front line did not reproduce the efficiency exhibited against Derby County, but despite this their work left little scope for adverse comment. Harrison, at outside left, was responsible for the equalizing goal, but the best of the line was Johnston, whose skillful touches to the players either side of him were most judiciously executed. Apart from him there was not an outstanding man in the Everton forward division; likewise there was not a conspicuous failure. Houston was not so prominent in his centres as usual, and frequently played into the hands of his opponents by failing to accept a pass, while Page was so closely shadowed by Torrance that he was afforded little scope show his ability. Bookman and Storer were the prominent performers in the Bradford front line, and the centre, in addition to infusing any amount of energy into his play, was very clever in accepting a return pass from his wings. The outside left showed skill in sending a centre, and Fox proved a cunning partner for him. On the right wing, Bond was seldom in evidence, and Logan was none too effective in his attempts at combination with his comrade. Often, however, did the whole line advance in promising fashion, but it seemed to me that the finishing touches were lacking in incisiveness and accuracy of direction. In the defensive divisions of the rivals there was little difference in point of ability. Ewart certainly had more difficult work to perform than Hodge, and in the second half of the game some of his clearances were brilliant. On one occasion Johnston shot so strongly that the custodian seemed to cross the line in clearing, and the crowd clamoured for a goal, but the referee, after consulting a linesman, refused the appeal. But while Ewart played his part well, none did better in defence than the Cleckneaton youth, Boocock. His interventions and accurate returns were alike admirable, and he never made a mistake throughout the whole proceedings. Campbell was a ponderous lunger, kicking a mighty length. His was the triumph of avoirdupois, that and nothing more; but singularly successful withal.
TWO FINE FULL BACKS.
In goal, Hodge shaped skillfully for Everton, clearing his lines effectively, and anticipating danger most readily. The full-backs were never at fault, for Macconnachie was coolness personified, and Thompson, of more fiery metal, was equally efficient. Never faltering or blundering, the pair were deserving of every credit for their achievements. The two half-back lines were very even in point of merit. Harris and Makepeace were the most prominent of the Everton trio, and it would seem that each of these experts has returned to his best form. But Bradford were in no wise inferior, Robinson being the cleverest performer in their intermediate division simply by reason of his accurate movements both in attack and defence. Torrance was a rare force in stemming the advances of his opponents, but Gane was not a success on the left wing, though it was only natural that he should pale by comparison with the others, seeing that he was occupying a strange berth. Nothing of a tangible character was registered in the first half, but ten minutes after the interval Bookman scored for Bradford, a curling centre from the outside left baffling Hodge. Three minutes from time Houston sent the ball across the left wing, and Harrison, dashing inwards, shot into the net, giving Ewart no chance of saving. Everton; Hodge; Thompson, Macconnachie (captain); Harris, Wareing, Makepeace; Houston, Nuttall, Page, Johnston, and Harrison. Bradford City; Ewart; Campbell, Boocock; Robinson, Torrance, Gane; Bond, Logan, Storer, Fox and Bookman. Referee; T.P. Campbell, Blackburn.
EVERTON 1 BRADFORD CITY 1
November 3, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
CLIMAX AT GOODISON.
EVERTON EQUALISED ON TIME.
Bradford City generally prove a tough proposition at Goodison park, and they fairly made things hum on Saturday. A good deal has been said this season about the City's sound defence, and it certainly earned the highest praise against Everton. It provided a rare test for the Blues re-arranged forward line and there can be no question that Everton's attack was found wanting during the greater part of the game. It was a dour struggle all through, and the desperate efforts made by Everton to score in the closing stages, culminating in the climax of the long delayed equalising goal two minutes off time, raised the crowd to a high pitch of excitement. Bradshaw gave a well-balanced display. In the first half their forwards were speedy and resourceful, and the Everton halves and backs had all their work cut out to prevent them from scoring. Still, the honours lay with the backs on either side, and neither of the custodians had many dangerous shots to dispose of. The Everton forwards worked hard, but without making much impression on the opposing defence. Their weakness lay in the fact that their methods were cramped. There was not enough freedom in swinging the ball about, and they got in each other's way at crucial moments, and as a consequence proved-easy prey to the Bradford backs. With the exception of a brief period in the second half there was not that deadly precision in shooting as in the Derby County match, many well-meant efforts going wide of the target. The best chance for scoring in the first half fell to Storey, the Bradford centre-forward, who had the ball placed to him when right in front of goal only to allow it to slip by. The pace increased considerably in the second half and about mid-way Bradford was rewarded with a goal.
EVERTON GOAL DISALLOWED.
What was no doubt intended by Bookman as a centre turned out to be a deceptive shot, the ball curling inwards. Hodge saw the danger, but was just too late, the ball striking the inside of the post and bounding into the net. This disaster served to put the Everton forwards on their mettle, and a great change now came over the struggle. There was now no holding the Blues front line. They flung themselves at their opponents with great pertinacity. They were driven back, only to come again with redoubled energy. Nuttall in particular made desperate efforts to get through, and nothing save the fine goal. Keeping of Ewart now saved the visitors from disaster. But luck seemed dead against the home forwards. On one occasion Ewart only partially cleared a long drive from Johnson, and the keeper was exceedingly lucky to save the rebound shot from Nuttall. They were denied one certain goal by the referee, for, although Ewart did stop the terrific drive from Page, he clearly allowed the ball to go over the line before he cleared on a second attempt. Neither Mr. Campbell nor the linesmen he consulted were near enough to the goal to judge, but the decision of a corner kick was unquestionably a wrong one. Happily the Blues fought pluckily to the end, and two minutes from the end they were awarded, Harrison snapping up a centre from Houston and steering the ball into the net. The players were deservedly cheered when the end came, for each side had played determined and keen football. If only the Everton forwards had shown the same dash and freedom in the earlier stages as towards the end Bradford would probably have been beaten, but after all there was surely a real weak point in either team. Nuttall and Johnson were perhaps not as resourceful as in the Derby County match, and Page found Torrance a tremendous obstacle. Bond was well looked after by Makepeace and Macconnachie. Bradford were best served by their left wing, Bookman and Fox being most effective in their passing. There was nothing to choose between the teams at half-back, all three of the Everton halves being in top form, and Torrance was a tower of strength at centre half for the visitors. The back play of Boocock and Campbell, sound as it was, was not one whit better than that of Macconnachie and Thompson for the homesters. Hodge on his first appearance with the Everton League team intercepted many dangerous centres, but if he has a fault it is in being too ready to rush out of goal. On Saturday he had not as much work to do as Ewart, who undoubtedly was the saviour of his side in the closing stages . Everton: - Hodge, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, Makepeace, half-backs, Houston, Nuttall, T. Page, Johnston, and Harrison, forwards. Bradford City: - Ewart, goal, Campbell, and Boocock backs Robinson (Captain), Torrance and Gane, half-backs, Bond, Logan, Storer, Fox, and Bookman, forwards. Referee T.P. Campbell.
BRADFORD CITY RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 2
November 3, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
After a run of success, Everton although strongly represented were beaten by four goals to two at Bradford. Grimshaw (2), O'Rourke, and Chaser were the scorers for the Yorkshire team, and Beare and Page (from a penalty kick) responded for the Blues. Everton: - Turner Page, and Stalker backs, Challinor, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Beare, Jefferis, Bradshaw, Brannick, and Palmer forwards.
CHANGE IN EVERTON'S TEAM.
November 5 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
As the result of the injury he sustained in the match against Bradford City at Goodison Park last Saturday, Page, the centre forward, is unable to turn out this week-end in the game between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The Everton directors at their meeting yesterday, decided to play Fleetwood in the centre, this being the only change from last Saturday.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 6 EVERTON 0
Novemeber 10 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
ROUT OF EVERTON.
ROVERS' GREAT DISPLAY.
The Everton team had their most difficult task to date at Blackburn on Saturday, and though they could not reasonably be expected to successfully challenge a team of stars, few were prepared for so pronounced a defeat as that of six clear goals. And yet there is something to offer in extenuation for such a rout, as they ran their opponents to a couple of goals up to the last quarter of an hour when regrettable injury to Thompson caused his retirement, with a consequent redisposition of the side which proved fatal. Still there could be no denying the fact that the Evertonians were not in the same class as their doughty opponents, who were experts at every move and carried their plan of campaign to so successful an issue. There was not a loose screw, so to speak in the whole of the Rovers' machinery and the clever manner in which the players flanked each other and finished their work with first-time efforts was a revelation. There were fears Blackburn way that Bell and McGhie would not be sufficiently capable to fill the positions of Smith and the great Simpson, but it may at once be stated that these notable performers were not missed, and with a wholesome blending of methods from stem to stern it would not have been at all surprising had the Rovers laid a more solid foundation in the earlier stages of the game.
CONTRAST IN METHODS.
The Everton forwards were by no means out of the picture in the first half. They were dashing enough, but had not the cleverness to exact quarter from the Rovers' capable defenders, who were admirable covers for the keeper. They were however, not too well supported by the halves, and as a rule the Blues had to concentrate their efforts mainly in the direction of holding their opponents, and in this they succeeded to a point. But when once the play was opened out, and the Rovers swept down in their irresistible flanking movements, one or other was always on the spot at the finish, and there were few occasions on which their final touches went astray. Nothing finer in half back play can be imagined than that served up by the Rovers trio, for they were real providers and effective spoilers, and they worked with such precision with those in front that they simply dominated the game. The Everton halves were below standard, and the lack of experience in the front line was patent. As indicated, however, the last lines of defence did remarkably well to run through the greater portion of the game, with but a couple of goals against them and the play was that the enforced reconstitution of the side at the finish should have brought such dire disaster in its train. In this period neither Fleetwood nor Harris as right half and back respectively, were able to check the onrushes of the Rovers' left; hence it came about that defeat was rubbed in thick and fast. There were times during this trying period that the visitors managed to break away, and it was a case of vain efforts against fortune when Wareing had the ill luck to see a ball rebound from the angle of the upright to the keeper standing midway in his charge.
PLAY AND PLAYERS.
The play may be briefly summarised. It opened in spirited fashion without advantage to either side, but after nine minutes McGhie put in a fast ball, which Hodge failed to clear and Chapman applied the finishing touch. McGhie was also concerned in the second point, for Hodge had a difficult cross-shot to negotiate, and with Latheron well placed, the second goal was recorded. Meanwhile, the Everton forwards had worked strenuously to reduce the lead, but they were up against a trio of half-backs that never allowed quarter. In the second period the Rovers with few exceptions controlled the game and kept them out until fifteen minutes from the close, when Thompson who had previously been stunned in heading a ball, unfortunately came into collision with the foot of Chapman and sustained a slight concussion. Then came the debacle. Chapman converted a penalty kick against Grenyer, and Lathron scored twice within three minutes. McGhie almost on the call of time completing the tale of six goals. Apart from Everton's misfortune the Rovers were a great side. They had a redoubtable set of half backs who supplied the key to the situation, and under their initiative the capable line of forwards in fron tof them were afforded every opportunity of displaying their skill. The defence too, was impregnable and on Saturday's form it would be difficult to imagine their compeers. Everton are entitled to some commiseration, for the young forwards could not have had a most exacting task. Makepeace was sadly missed, and as indicated the trio were mainly concerned in efforts to break down the virile movements of the home forwards. Under the circumstances the rear guard did not perform at all badly. There need to be qualms Goodison way over, Saturday's very decisive reverse. The occasions will not be frequent during the season when Everton will be called upon to meet a side of such all-round skill and cleverness as the Rovers. Blackburn Roivers: - Robinson, goal, Crompton, and Cowell, backs, Walmsley, Bell, and Bradshaw, half-backs, McGhie, Shea, Chapman, Latheron, and Hodgkinson, forwards. Everton: - Hodge, goal, Thompson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs Houston, Nuttall, Fleetwood, Johnston, and Harrison, forwards. Referee H.H. Taylor.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 2
November 10, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 11)
At Goodison Park, Blackburn Rovers played Everton to a draw of two goals each. From start to finish the game teemed with exciting incidents, and the issue hung in the balance until the final whistle. In the initial half the Blues were the more aggressive side, but Langtree, the Rovers' custodian, was a stumbling block to their advances and the teams crossed over with a clean sheet. After about twenty minutes' play in the second half Dominion (who was on Trail from L and Y Recs, Echo) scored for Everton, but shortly afterwards Goodwin put the Rovers on level terms. In the concluding stages each side was awarded a penalty, Bradshaw converting for Everton and Clennell doing likewise for the Rovers just on time. Teams: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Page, and Fulton backs, Bradshsaw, Kirby, and Simpson, half-backs Chedgzoy, Brannick Dominion, Wright, and Balmer, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Langtree, goal Johnson, and Suttie, backs, Dewhurst, Porteus, and Duckworth, half-backs, Byron, Orr, Goodwin, Clennell, and Anthony, forwards.
EVERTON PAY THE PENALTY
Athletic News - Monday 10 November 1913
A somewhat curious game was seen at Goodison Park, where the reserve teams of Everton and the Rovers were in opposition. No goals were scored before the interval, but afterwards Dominion, a recruit from a local team, gave Everton the lead. Goodwin equalised, but from penalty kick. Bradshaw again placed the home team in front. However, just before the finish the Rovers were awarded a penalty, and Clennell made the scores level. For Everton Fulton was prominent at full-back. And Kirby did well at centre-half-back. Amongst the forwards Wright and Palmer showed to advantage. An experiment was made in the intermediate line, Bradshaw being afforded trial on the left wing, and shaped in promising fashion. On the Rovers side Suttie was a sound defender and Duckworth proved in capital trim at left half-back. In a serviceable forward division Orr was often in evidence, especially when within shooting distance
Athletic News - Monday 10 November 1913
Blackburn Rovers 6, Everton 0
When Everton visit Blackburn last season the Rovers were going through a bad period, but on this occasion, though they had lost the League leadership, there was much confidence in their ability to regain it. There was the smallest attendance of the season so far at Ewood Park; but this was mainly due to the dark depressing weather, and under the circumstances a crowd of 20,000 spectators was not disappointing. Considering the state of the ground and ball—rain had fallen all the morning—the play reached a high standard, and there was scarcely a dull moment. Everton opened in promising fashion, but once the Rovers got under weigh they never looked behind. The Everton forwards swung the ball about cleverly, and on the whole accurately, but they were not a convincing quintette when it came finishing. To some extent their failure to score was due to their own shortcomings, but the really grand defence of the Rovers was also a material factor. Fleetwood and his four colleagues showed a disposition to hesitate when an opening for a shot presented itself, and against such a nippy defence this was fatal. Their shooting, too, lacked accuracy and speed, though one fine swift drive from Houston almost proved too much for Robinson. The opening goal came after ten minutes, Bell with a pretty pass, put M'Ghie in possession, and away he sped, centring the ball squarely just in the nick of time. Chapman running forward turned the ball quickly and low, and Hodge stayed its progress. Latheron rushed in to make sure, but it was Chapman who ended all doubt by pushing the ball into the net. M'Ghie had a part in the Rovers' second goal, for it was rom his low, quick centre that Latheron beat Hodge just seven minutes from the interval. The second half had not been long in progress when Thompson met with a regrettable accident. Just before, he had hurt himself through heading the heavy ball, and had only resumed a few minutes when he crossed into the centre to stop a rush by Chapman. The two men collided violently, and Thompson fell to the ground. He was carried off the field, and it transpired that he was suffering from concussion of the brain. Later he was placed in the horse ambulance and conveyed to the railway station to be taken to his home at Liverpool. This was naturally a heavy handicap for Everton. They struggled against its valiantly, but at all to no purpose, for in the space of fifteen minutes the Rovers increased their lead by four goals. Bradshaw scored a penalty-kick given against Grenyer for bringing down McGhie, Latheron taking a fine cross from Hodkinson drove the ball through from fifteen yards range, and added the fifth goal when harassed by two opponents, and M'Ghie landed the sixth by a quick shot from Latheron’s centre.
THE ROVER FINISHING POWERS.
The Rovers once again showed how strongly and with what dash they can finish a really strenuous game. They played with even greater determination in the second half than in the first, though it must not be overlooked that after Thompson's accident the opposition was greatly weakened. Macconnachie tried desperately to perform two men’s work, and his half-backs did all that was possible, but the Rovers became simply irresistible. The Rovers were well served in all departments. Crompton and Cowell were in grand form, tackling and kicking with great confidence and success. The half-backs scarcely ever allowed the Everton forwards to settle on the ball, and it was their hustling and harassing which made Fleetwood and his meu such indifferent marksmen. Bradshaw was scarcely at his best, though he was very serviceable. Walmsley, as usual, worked like a Trojan, and Bell distributed the ball very judiciously. Some of his passes were masterpieces, but he neglected to fall hack quick enough when his own goal was seriously threatened. M'Ghie played sparkling football for the most part. He uses his speed to the fullest, and never wasted his energies in embroidery. Directly he was placed in possession he made straight for goal, and his centres were executed with accuracy and promptitude. Shea fed him cleverly at times, but the little ex West Ham player was not so successful in his shooting as he has hitherto been. Chapman, too, was not quite the dazzling marksman he generally is, but Latheron excelled himself in this respect, and scored three goals. In addition he made a capital partner for Hodkinson, who was seen to great advantage until Harris in the second half got the measure of him.
EVERTON’S GREAT MISFORTUNE
Everton had scarcely a chance of winning the game after the interval, but the regrettable accident to Thompson was accountable for so decisive a score being run up against them. Hodge on the whole did well in goal, though in the first half he showed signs of nervousness. Macconnachie was the better back, for Thompson was a little erratic at the start, but after the interval he improved wonderfully up to the time he was carried off the field. Harris was perhaps the pick of the half-back line, though Wareing ran him a close race. Houston and Nuttall were the more dangerous wing, and Fleetwood, though kept well in hand by Bell, opened out the game clever style. Blackburn Rovers;-Robinson: Crompton, Cowell: Walmsley, Bell. Bradshaw: M'Ghie, Shea, Chapman, Latheron and Hodkinson. Everton.—Hodge; Thompson, Maconnachie (captain) : Harris, Wareing, Grenyer, Houston, Nuttull, Fleetwood, Johnston, and Harrison. Referee: H.H. Taylor, Altrincham.
BURSLEM PORT PORT VALE RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 3
November 11 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 12)
There were 6,000 spectators at Burslem yesterday, Where the Port Vale entertained Everton Reserves. The Blues were first to get in front Brannick doing the trick after eight minutes' play. Twenty-two minutes later Fleetwood added a second from Palmer's pass. Burslem rallied strongly and Billinge reduced the margin, while right on the interval Brough the scores level. The second portion was keenly contested, and with each side scoring again (Brannick for Everton), the game ended in a division of half a dozen goals and one point . Everton: - Mitchell, goal Stevenson and Fulton, backs, Bradshaw, Kirby, and Simpson half-backs, Beare, Wilson, Wright, Brannick, and Palmer, forwards.
November 12, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Sunderland are one of the highest attractions on Merseyside, and there is no reason to expect any departure from this rule on Saturday, when the Wearsiders, fresh from their triumph over Tottenham Hotspurs, are at Goodison park. The directors at their meeting, last night selected the team to do duly, in the absence through injury of Thompson, Stevenson will partner Macconnachie at back, while Page having recovered from his recent injury, will lead the line.
Athletic News - Monday 17 November 1913
Everton 1, Sunderland 5
Eleven goals have been scored against Everton in two consecutive League games, the rout at Ewood being followed by an equally disastrous defeat at Goodison. I did not see the former match, but in the fixture with Sunderland, the general run of the play did not warrant the success of the victors by the pronounced margin of four goals. Up to a certain point Everton maintained equality with their powerful rivals; they were the first to score, and fully deserved their lead, but the actual turning point in their fortunes was created when the equalizing goal was gained by the Wearsiders.
The Weakness Located
Frailty in the rear ranks was the cause of Everton’s overthrow, and this was particularly noticeable in the half-back line. Although he was opposed to an experimental centre in Best, the Everton pivot – Wareing-was frequently beaten both in speed and trickery by the daring little rider that Sunderland selected to evolve their advances. I understand that Wareing was handicapped with a damaged hand, and though football, of course, is not played with that limb, still, it is reasonable to assume that this injury affected his work. Grenyer who has been very subdued this season, played capitally on the left wing, and simply put the closure on the famous Buchan Mordue combine in the first half. In fact, it was more by spasmodic efforts than by consistent endeavours that this pair proved their value in the match, and the ends of defeat could not be laid to the charge of the Everton man. Harris opened favorably, but he was not so effective after the interval, and as a body the intermediate trio did not excel. They were often at fault in placing to their forwards, and culpable in their attempts to check the Wearside invaders. The weakness in Everton’s armour extended beyond this stage, for the defence further in the rear was by no means assuring. Neither Stevenson nor Macconnachie did himself justice, for the right full-back was not speedy enough to hold Martin, and the skipper perceptibly dwindled away in ability as the second half progressed. Hodge was at fault in dealing with the first goal gained by Sunderland, and it seemed to me that the moral effects of this point were most influential. The forwards played well, and were the soundest as well as the most effective division of the Everton team. Page led the line pluckily, and some of his attempts to score were decidedly creditable. There was no hesitancy about his work, and the robust defence he had to face did not deter him from strenuous striving. Nuttall was also seen to advantage, and his goal was an excellent achievement, the result of a prompt acceptance of an inviting centre from Harrison. The extreme left-winger exhibited a capital command of the ball and centred judiciously; he ought to have been afforded more chances of showing his worth, and his partner – Johnston –who displayed really smart footwork, would do well to bear in mind that he is only an individual in attack, and not the whole front line merged into one entity. Harrison made good use of every chance that came his way. The pity is that he was not better utilized. Houston came along in the later stages, but was not a prominent personality throughout.
The League champions proved themselves adepts in making the most of the opportunities which they created, and conveyed the impression that they were settling down into the same powerful combination that gained honours for them last season. Best at centre-forward was a surprising success; he was remarkably quick on the ball, flashed it out to either wing impartially, and at times darted down the middle of the field on his own in a fashion that even the most experienced forward leader could not have surpassed. Holley was also a splendid forward capable alike in providing promising openings for his comrades and in individual effort; his play was indicative of the skilled artist. The right wing of Sunderland was not very prominent, though Buchan was in evidence on occasions with some delightful touches, and his first goal was a masterpiece. He and Mordue were not such incisive factors in attack as usual, especially before the interval. Martin was responsible for many rousing runs, and his centres were wonderfully leavened with possibilities. The half-backs were a most capable trio, though Thomson was not the dominant character of old, and for sheer efficiency Cuggy and Cringan, on the wings, were the pick. They were not merely destructive agents, but attended assiduously to the needs of their forwards, whom they plied with most alluring passes, to their consequent advantage. In the early stages the full backs were not so reliable, but as the game progressed they took complete control of the defence to such an extent that Butler was seldom requisitioned. Everton started the goal-scoring after seven minutes’ play. Page sent the ball wide to Harrison, who neatly centred, and Nuttall meeting the pass, netted without hesitation. The Wearsiders began their deadly work. A movement on their left wing let in Best, who shot hard and true, and Hodge failed to stop the ball from entering the net. A few minutes later Martin raced away and sent across a lovely centre, which enabled Bucham to head a second goal second goal. A penalty was awarded against Harris for handling, and Mordue scored. Other goals ensued in rapid succession, for another centre from martin was utilized by Best, and following excellent work by Holley Buchan dashed ahead and gained the final point. Everton; Hodge; Stevenson, Macconnachie (captain); Harris, Wareing, Grenyer; Houston, Nuttall, Page, Johnston, and Harrison. Sunderland; Butler; Hobson, Ness; Cuggy, Thomson, Cringan; Mordue, Buchan, Best, Holley, and Martin. Referee; J.H.Pearson, Crewe.
EVERTON 1 SUNDERLAND 5
November 17, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
SUNDERLAND'S FINE FORM.
EVERTON WELL BEATEN AT GOODISON PARK.
Football enthusiasts will long remember the personnel of the present Sunderland team. Last season theu scored eight points at the expense of the two Mersey Clubs, and this year, after winning comfortably at Anfield, the League Champions, on Saturday, on Saturday triumphed at Goodison Park to the tune of five goals to one. Last week the Everton defence was badly look exceedingly small fry at Blackburn, but it cut up even worse against the Wearsiders. Hodge could hardly be blamed for most of the shots that beat him, but at the same time he did not impress one as really reliable. The weak spot was at right full back, Stevenson, after his long rest, not coming up to expectations. He showed an entire lack of confidence, and he crumpled up sadly against the speedy, and elusive tactics of the Sunderland forwards. This throw extra work on Macconnachie, and although he made many fine clearances there were times when he, too, was left standing. But, after all, there was no holding the Sunderland forwards, and although Mordue, after his long absence, was not seen at his best, the line as a whole was marvellously effective. At times they were simply irresistible, and they might easily have won by a much bigger margin. They were cleverly individually, and as a whole worked with a clock like precision that would have overcome the best of defence, their skilful play in the open being backed up by forceful methods in front of goal.
A FLASH IN THE PAN.
Everton were the first to score, but their success proved but a flash in the pan. The Everton forwards worked hard, but without making much impression on the Sunderland defence. Against halves and backs who towered above them in the matter of height and weight the Blues' lightweights were constantly out-manceurvred. Even when they did gain openings –and it was not often –their shots were either erractic of gave Butler no difficulty in saving. Their solitary goal came nine minutes after the start, a centre by Harrison giving Nuttall his chance for steering the ball into the net. Most of the Sunderland attacks came from the left wing, Martin and Holley combining rare speed with their effective combination. The equalising goal was scored after twenty-five minutes play, Holley placing in front for Best to drive in with tremendous force, Hodge getting his fists to the ball but failing to keep it from entering the net. The second goal also was led up to by clever work on the left, Martin, after a clever sprints, placing in front for Buchan to flash the ball into the net with his head. The first quarter of an hour in the second half saw the Everton forwards fighting hard to gain level, but all in vain. Then Sunderland put on a spirit, and incidentally another three goals. Two of them were the result of clever solo efforts right from the midway line. But first bored his way through from the centre, and after leaving Stevenson yards behind drew out the keeper, and then shot. Harris had scrambled into the vacant goal, and although he stopped the shot, he had to scoop the ball out with his hands, and even then it had gone over the line. The referee, however, awarded a penalty kick , from which, Mordue scored. The fourth was scored by Best, direct from a centre by Martin, while Buchan's fifth goal was really the pick of the lot. In the best style, Buchan worked the ball past at least half a dozen opponents, and the shot with deadly force and accuracy, Hodge having no chance whatever.
A SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT.
The Sunderland players were loudly cheered when the end came, and they had certainly demonstrated to the full their great prowess. The Wearsiders may have been slow in finding their form this season, but their recent displays have proved them to be once more in big form. One of the features of the game on Saturday was the performance of Best, who had been transferred from the outside right to take the place of Richardson in centre. The experiment realised the highest expectations Best proving admirably, suited to the position. He combined with his rare speed and great energy sound judgement in distributing the attack, and he was one of the most prominent, and effective of the Sunderland forwards. Mordue on his return to the outside right position, was somewhat subdued, but the others were seen in fine trim. Thompson played a great game at centre-half, and there was not a weak spot in the team. Everton were out-classed in all departments. Reference has already been made to the defence, and of the halves, Grenyer put in a lot of useful work. The forwards were clever at times and their combination effective, but they were not skilful enough to overcome Sunderland's sterling defence, their chief failing perhaps, being lack of penetrative skill. Teams: - Everton: - Hodge, goal, Stevenson, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Wareing, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Nuttall, T. Page, Johnston, and Harrison, forwards. Sunderland: -Butt, goal, Hudson, and Ness, backs, Cuggy, Thompson, and Cringan, half-backs, Mordue, Buchan, Best, Holley, and Martin, forwards. Referee J.H.Pouten.
November 20, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The recent displays of the Everton team has been anything but satisfactory, and it is occasions no surprise that the directors, at the meeting last meeting last night, at the meeting last night, decided on several alterations for the game with the Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. The general ruling is that the Blues non-success is not debatable so much to the attack as to the back division, and this view is reelected by the decision of the directors, who have chosen Mitchell to once more fill the breach, and Page to Partner Macconnachie vice Stevenson at back. In the intermiate line Fleetwood and Makepeace come in for Wareing (who was not himself last week), and Grenyer, who was injured against Sunderland.
Burnley Express - Saturday 22 November 1913
Holt beats ex everton footballer.
At Audenshaw Liberal Club, Wednesday W, Holt, Burnley, played an exhibition game with Tom Booth, ex- Evert on footballer. Booth, who was conceded start., was ’beaten by 800 to 643. Holt's best breaks were 52, 104, 69 , 64, 118. and 138, Booth's 37 , 55, 29, 21, 68 , 23, and 39. the close Holt gave exhibition of trick and fancy shots.
Athletic News - Monday 24 November 1913
At Goodison Park the Everton Reserves received a rude shock, for after leading at one period of the game two clear goals, they then failed to convert a penalty, and afterwards allowed themselves to be beaten. This surprising change wan due to feeble defence by their left full-back. Everton tried a recruit—Wilson—at inside right, and gave most creditable display. Wilson and Beare scored for Everton, and Young three goals for Port Vale. For the visitors Cameron was most reliable defender, and Pearson was prominent at centre half-back.
Athletic News - Monday 24 November 1913
By six, five and four goals in consecutive games the Everton defence has surrendered to the opposition, a state of affairs, which has never in my recollection happened before to the Goodison club. The directors have got a very serviceable forward line together after much striving, and just when they were hoping to reap the fruits of their labours they are faced by another trouble. Defence alone has been responsible for the recent heavy reverses or, rather, I should say, the lack of defence has created the situation. Everton are on the track of another goalkeeper, but they are not bidding for a certain International who is said to be available. Their eyes are cast in another direction on the east side of England, and it would not be surprising to hear of their success in quest of the custodian who is quite up to the standard they require.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH EYERTON
Athletic News - Monday 24 November 1913
Tottenham Hotspur 4 Everton 1
By the Vagrant
In the course of the last three matches fifteen shots have been put into the net guarded by the Everton men; therefore, it is not too early to ask. What is the matter with the team’s defence? For the game at White Hart-Lane two changes were made in the rear division, Mitchell appearing in goal, and John Page, a brother the centre-forward, making his first appearance as a partner to Maconnachie. The new men could not stem the tide of adversity. Before the first forty-five minutes had ticked away the ball had four times found its way to the desired haven, and the ’Spurs were in clover. It was an unhappy turnout for Page, and unless he can do better than in this game the solution of Everton’s problem is not yet found. The new comer was quite unable to hold his wing; nor was his kicking sure when the opportunity presented itself. Whether the shortcomings of his partner affected Maconnachie is known only to himself, but, whatever the cause, the fact remains that the left-back was not the player I have previously seen. To give Maoonnachie his due, he often kicked well under pressure, but again he was often disappointing. The whole of the blame must not be put on the backs, however. In my opinion the real reason of the crop of goals was the absence of understanding between the wing interveners and the full-backs. It was no uncommon thing to see both half and full-back tackling the inside man. And leaving the extreme wing player quite unmarked. It was the intention of the Everton directors play Makepeace at left-half-back, but the international broke down again during training on Thursday. Playing in his place, Greyner was decidedly weak. Long before the end seemed abandon all hope of stopping the wizard, Walden, and thus additional work was thrown on Maconnachie.
BLISS'S CLEVER GOAL.
Mitchell, in goal, did not perform at all badly. The third goal he may take the blame for, but the others could not have been stopped, and Mitchell saved some hard drives very cleverly. The ’Spurs were still without Cantrell and Minter, but trouble was not long in coming to the Everton defenders. In the sixteenth minute Baucbop placed the ball neatly and, although Bliss was almost jammed between two players, he managed to get a shot which flew past Mitchell’s outstretched hand into the net. Three minutes later Walden got right through, and after drawing Mitchell, put the ball goalwards. The only way to prevent goal was for Page to fist away, and this the full-back did in true goalkeeper fashion. With the penalty-kick Middlemiss made no mistake. Then Everton got a goal. Harrison beat the back and put the ball across. It seemed that King was rather premature in running out, and Johnston had an easy task to reduce the lead. Bauchop should have had the ’Spurs' third goal when Mitchell ran out and failed to hold the ball, but the centre-forward shot against Page. Recovering the ball, however, the ex-Derby man passed back for Bliss to net comfortably. The interval was at hand when Middlemiss left Page toiling in the rear, and put the ball right to the feet of Bauchop. Into the net it went for the fourth time. The onlookers wanted more goals still, but visions of something approaching record score did not materialize. There was suggestion of satisfaction about the play of the ’Spurs on turning round, and for the purposeful attack of the opening period they substituted pretty but ineffective play. Thus the game was less lively, and Everton bad fair share of the exchanges. On the whole, there was little wrong with the home forwards. Walden was his most tricky self, leading his opponents a merry dance. The wee man has only one thing to guard against—a tendency to overdo it. On more than one occasion the ball might have been sent across earlier. Fleming made promising start, but fell away afterwards, both in feeding his partner and taking shots at goal. Together with Bliss, Bauchop played the bustling game quite well, and, with Middlemiss too fast for Page, there was constant cause for worry from this quarter.
THE MERIT OP CARTWRIGHT.
At centre half back Steel was very good about the best middle man of the six, in fact, although Grimsdell ran him close, and Fleetwood put in good work for Everton. Weir was scarcely at his best- In his proper place at left back, Cartwright gave a fine display, his kicking being sure and his tackling safe. He is the best back the 'Spurs have had view this season. Webster, too, seemed more confident than of late, and King gave away the only goal he redeemed himself with couple of fine saves after change of ends. There was always promise in the front rank, despite lack support. Page, in the centre, was ever ready dash through, and Johnston was the sharpshooter of the line. The inclination was keep the ball too close, however, for Houston and Harrison might well have been used more than they were. The early start end the rival attraction at Highbury reduced the attendance 24,000. Tottenham Hotspur. King; Webster, Cartwright; Weir, Steel. Grimedell; Walden, Fleming, Bancbop, Bliss, and Middlemiss. Everton.—Mitchell; Page (J). Maconnechie; Harris, Fleetwood, Grenver; Houston, Nuttell, Page (T.), Johnston, and Harrison. Referee: E. H. Spiers. Bedditch.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4 EVERTON 1
November 24, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
IN THE DOLDRUMS
EVERTON'S FEEBLE DEFENDERS.
WALDEN THE JUGGLER.
Simply the Everton organisation has hit upon troublesome times. Fifteen goals registered against them in three successive engagements is something new in the annals of the club, and points conclusively to the direction in which the house should be set in order. Saturday's game at Tottenham was not of the runaway nature that the score would suggest, but there could be no blinking the fact it was in defence where theu suffered mostly by comparison. The Spurs had an all-round well, balanced side, and the weak links in the Everton chain were early diagnosed with damaging results. It was hoped that Page would have turned out a strong partner to Macconnachie, but it was too much to expect from a fledging to stenuous league football, that he would have been able to cope with experienced players who were, as it happened, on the top of their form. Then the skipper, who rarely shines when Makepeace is out of the team, often showed signs of distress, with the result that the Everton last line of defence was but a shadow of his former self. It may be advanced that the half-backs did not reach the standard usually identified with the club. Their play certainly did not soar above the average, still many moons have pasted since the defensive department has been dwarfed onto such comparative insignificance. Probably an experienced leader in the front, rank would have levelled matters up somewhat, yet the quintet generally made the most of what came their way and were shaping well towards overshadowing their opponents' lead of two goals, when a clumsy attempt at a clearance practically settled the issue.
HOW THE ‘SPURS PREVAILED.
The Tottenham half-backs had a capital conception of the requirements of their forwards, who were plied with passes that enabled them to display their skill to full advantage. Naturally enough, their efforts were mainly concentrated towards the right wing, where the diminutive Welden displayed footwork that was simply the subdominant of artistry. He was a veritable jiggler, adroit in evading a charge and all expert in placing across for others to put on the finishing touch. Grenyer at times was helpless, and even the best that Macconnachie could produce was of no avail to forestall the way little ‘spur, whose work, in addition to receiving general recognition, frequently brought out rounds of merriment by the unique methods he employed in accomplishing his object. There was little room was adverse criticism regarding Everton's forward play. They were the first to provide a thrill, and one of the finest movements in the game led up an attack that only failed to materialise by the merest shade. Had Houston drive a couple of inches lower probably another complexion might have been placed upon the game; but the ‘Sours, having once got the lead, simply bewildered the Everton defenders, who appeared to knee their heads. With the exception of the first quarter of an hour of play, the ‘Spurs generally dominated the proceedings, and having put on four goals to one in the first half the supporters of the club were looking forward to a repetition during the second period. However, the pace toned down considerably, with no further scoring, and though the issue was decisive enough matters might easily have been more disastrous.
Blues recorded the first point with a fast rising ball after play had been in progress fifteen minutes. Shortly afterwards Walden wormed his way through the defence, and bringing out Mitchell, shot, hard in. Page dropped back to the line, and handed the ball out, with the result that Middlemiss converted the penalty kick . Then Johnston finished up some capital work by Harrison, and reduced the lead, and for some time the Everton forwards were shaping well for an equalising point. Then came but a faulty clearance by Mitchell, and from this Bliss forged further ahead, while Bauchop put on a fourth goal.
Their were no reputation made so far as the Everton players were concerned, Mitchell had no chance with the shots that beat him; still he was not strong in his clearance, and a weak effort in the direction led up to the third goal. The halves were more concerned in endeavouing to arrest the speedy home forwards, and rarely linked up with their confreres in front. As a consequence, the van could not do themselves justice, still they made the most of what came their way. The home forwards were as capable a trio, home halves were capable a trio in defence and attack, and small wonder was it that the Blues were so frequently over-run. At full back the Londoners were well represented, and the team all round played a smart dashing game. Teams: - Tottenham Hotspur: -King, goal, Webster, and Cartwright, backs, Weir, Stell, and Grimstell, half-backs, Walden, Fleming, Bauchop, Bliss, and Middlemiss, forwards. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, J. Page, and Macconnachie (Captain), backs, Harris, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Houston, Nuttall, T. Page, Johnston, and Harrison, forwards. Referee E.H.Spier.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BURSLEM PORT VALE RESERVES 3
November 24, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 13)
Burslem Port Vale, the conquerors of South Liverpool, scored a rather fluky win over Everton by three goals to two. With two clear goals up and a missed penalty kick by Bradshaw, when the score was two all. Everton appeared to have the game well in hand, and played rather carelessly with the result that the visitors came with a rush in the last half hour and scored three times. The Blues had the best of the exchanges in the initial half, Wilson converting a fine centre from Beare. Shortly after the interval Beare crowned a fine individual effort with an equally fine goal, but after this the homesters took things ease, while Burslem tried harder than ever, and Young scored three successive goals. Teams: - Everton: - Bromilow, goal, Stevenson, and Fulton, backs, Bradshaw, Kirby, and Simpson, half-backs, Beare, Wilson, Wright, Brannick, and Balmer, forwards. Port Vale: - Batcup, goal, Jones, and Cameron, backs, Suart, Pearson, and Shelton, half-backs, Yule, Weir, Young, Billing and Smith forwards.
EVERTON AND A NEW CENTRE.
November 24 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
The visit of Mr. Cuff, the Everton secretary, to Ibrox Park on Saturday has been associated with the name of Robert Parker, the reserve centre-forward of Glasgow Rangers, for, whom, it is stated Mr. Cuff made an offer. The Rangers directors met late on Saturday, it is understood, to consider the matter, and there is every likelihood that Parker will come to Goodison Park. Should this be so Everton will have succeeded where more than one club has failed, for several previous offers for Parker have met with refusals from the Rangers directorate.
AMATEUR FORWARD FOR EVERTON.
November 26 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
Although Everton have not succeeded in the quest of Parker, the smart reserve centre forward of Glasgow Rangers, there is reason to believe that negotiations are not yet at end. However, there can be no doubt that the recent poor displays of the Blues in prously under the consideration of the directors, who are reported to be lasting their eyes in directions other than across the border. For instance it is stated that negiations are being made on Tyneside, regarding a most promising junior half-back, of Brannan, the clever outside, left of Widnes County. Brennan who was generally believed one of the best wings in the county combination, is well built for the job, and it is understood that Everton, have signed on amateur form.
EVERTON AND RANGERS
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 27 November 1913
Do "A Deal" in Noted Player.
J. Parker Goes Liverpool.
Fulton Comas to Ibrox. "
“Have attained my object," is the context of wire received from Mr Cuff, manager of Everton F.C., who has been in Glasgow this week endeavouring come to terms with the Rangers, and more particularly with Parker, the reserve centre forward that club. Rangers had given Everton permission to approach Parker, and although the player was not inclined to be a party to the negotiations, these objections have been overcome, and he now goes to Goodison Park, Liverpool. In Parker Everton have made great capture. Indeed, to many has for some lime been regarded as a superior centre to| Reid, but the latter's goal-scoring consistency has been such that the understudy got few opportunities of displaying his real worth in first class football. When, did appear he was invariably a success. The transfer price has not transpired, but is understood to be particularly high. Rangers would not part with a player of such ability without getting some high recompense. They are getting a player return—one who only recently went to England. Foulton, the clever back of Greenock Morton. He returns to Ibrox immediately, and will very likely play on Saturday. It may "be mentioned that Parker has been five seasons with Rangers, the Light Blues being his first and only senior club since he quitted Ashfield.
EVERTON AND RANGERS
November 27, 1913. Evening Telegraph
Do A Deal” In Noted Player
Parker Goes To Liverpool
Fulton Comes To Ibrox
“Have attained my object,” is the context of a wire received from Mr. Cuff, manager of Everton F.C,. who has been in Glasgow this week endeavoring to come to terms with the Rangers, and more particularly with Parker, the reserve centre forward of that Club Rangers had given Everton permission to approach Parker, and although the player was not inclined to be a party to the negotiations, these objections have been overcome, and he now goes to Goodison Park, Liverpool. In Parker Everton have made a great capture. Indeed, to many he has for some time been regarded as a superior centre to Reid, but the latter's goal-scoring consistency has been such that the understudy got few opportunities of displaying his real worth in first class football. When he did appear he was invariably a success. The transfer price has not transpired, but it is understood to be particularly high. Rangers would not part with a player of such ability without getting some high recompense. They are getting a player in return –one who only recently went to England –Fulton, the clever back of Greennock Morton. He returns to Ibrox immediately, and will very likely play on Saturday. It may be mentioned that parker has been five seasons with Rangers, the Light Blues being his first and only senior club since he quitted Ashfield.
PARKER SIGNS FOT EVERTON
November 28, 1913. The Liverpool Courier.
AN EXCHANGE OF PLAYERS.
At last Everton have succeeded have succeeded in their quest for Parker, the clever centre-forward of Glasgow Rangers. It was stated from various quarters in the early part of the week that negotiation were practically at an end; but the hint which appeared in this column on Wednesday to the contrary was yesterday confirmed by the news that the much-sought player had signed for the Blues. The transfer fee is not stated, but the probability is that the sum may not be a great one, for the Rangers have secured in part exchange Fulton, the Everton Reserves full back. There will be many regrets at the decision of the latter player to recross the border, for since coming to Goodison Park, from Greenock Morton at the back end of last season, he has had the reputation of being one of the best of the reserve backs on the books of the club. Through Parker, was only a reserve player for Glasgow Rangers he had few superiors in Scotland, and the brilliance of Reid alone kept him out of the first team. He as a splendid shot, and his record certainly appears to confirm this, seeing that already this season he has three “hat-tricks” to his credit. Last season Parker played in 14 League matches for the Rangers, and found the net in almost every one of them. He is 22 years of age, 5ft 8in heights, and weights 11 and half-stone.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 29 November 1913
J. Brennan. an amateur, who Ffor two seasons has played outside left for Widnes County, has been signed on by Everton and will play against Stockport County. he is regarded as the cleverest winger in ther Liverpool County Combination.
THIRD LANARK CAPTURE.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 29 November 1913
MOUNTFORD, OF BURNLEY, is transferred,
AND WILL PLAY AGAINST QUEEN'S PARK AT HAMPDEN TO-DAY.
Negotiations have been completed for the transfer to Third Lanark of Mountford, a left-wing forward of Burnley. This player joined the Turf Moor club with Freeman, from Everton at a high figure, and though he has not been nearly so successful as his old colleague, he has, on the comparatively few occasions he has appeared in the League team, proved a useful man on the left wing. Last season he appeared in the first team fourteen times, though he had only one goal to his credit. A native of Hanley, he stands 5ft 7 ins, in height, and weighs 11st 9lbs. Mountford will most certainly be included in the Third Lanark team against Queen's Park at Hampden. A unique incident will be the fact that two Englishmen will be in this game make their first appearance in Scottish football, Gordon Hoare, for Queen's Park, being of course, the other debutant.